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Improvement of the Interior Circuit of Mexico City

Improvement of the Interior Circuit of Mexico City


  • Author: Zofnass Program
  • Date Posted: 2015
  • Category:
  • Address: Mexico City, MEXICO

Research director:

Dr. Andreas Georgoulias


Research core team:

Cristina Contreras, ENV-SP

Judith Rodriguez, ENV-SP


Case study written by:

Adriana Chavez, Master in Architecture II / MDes in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology 14′



Laurel Schwab, Masters in Urban Planning 16′ 

US $230 million investment

16.5 km

20,892 commuting hours saved per year

Increase in traffic speed from 35 km/h to 65 km/h

It will upgrade one of the city’s most important and congested highways. It includes a series of interventions throughout an area of 16.5 km to ameliorate traffic flow at some of the most challenging crossings between the south and east parts of the highway. When complete, it is estimated to increase the average speed of commuters from 35km/h to 65 km/h by eliminating conflicts on determined intersections. This will result in total timesavings of 0.2 hours per person daily, indicating an annual saving of 20,892 daily hours currently spent on the highway or the equivalent of 13.8 mil USD in lost productivity. Because the project is located at the heart of an urbanized area, it incorporates improvements such as the creation of green areas, streetlights, pedestrian bridges, vertical and horizontal signaling, playgrounds, sidewalks, drainage, garbage collection, paving, monitoring stations, and traffic lights. Within these interventions, the project enhances connectivity and mobility within the city, improves the quality of life of the surrounding communities, and reduces GHG emissions and other pollutants in the atmosphere. At a total cost of $570 mil USD, its benefits address both environmental, social and economic welfare.